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The spirit of innovation – Unbiased Banker


Rebeca Romero Rainey
Photograph by Robert Severi

A spirit of innovation and can-do angle will serve you effectively this yr, serving to you stay forward of the curve and tackle points that come up.

“Dream huge. Begin small. However most of all, begin.” This sage recommendation from best-selling creator Simon Sinek is the motivation we have to navigate the brand new regular of this new yr.

With the aftereffects of the pandemic nonetheless at hand, group banks are dealing with an unparalleled degree of uncertainty. This isn’t simply one other yr. We’re confronting historic margin compression, charge earnings assaults, worker recruitment challenges and the checklist goes on.

However as group bankers, we rise to the problem by taking the subsequent step ahead. Because the leaders of our organizations, what we do drives the trail forward. And as we prioritize the place to begin, we acknowledge that it’s not about being on the bleeding edge. Somewhat, it’s about specializing in what we are able to do to raised information our group in these new and totally different occasions.

What that you must know

I’ll be kicking off the fourth yr of ICBA’s ThinkTECH Accelerator, based mostly at The Enterprise Middle in Little Rock, Ark.

For example, think about the partnerships that arose throughout the Paycheck Safety Program (PPP). Virtually in a single day, group banks nationwide launched new fintech relationships to satisfy the wants of their communities. From doc assortment to forgiveness monitoring, you have been in a position to suppose outdoors the field to seek out the options that spoke to your financial institution’s inner infrastructure and customer-facing choices. That spirit of innovation and can-do angle will serve you effectively this yr, serving to you stay forward of the curve and tackle points that come up.

And also you’re not on this alone. We’re a group of group bankers, and we lean on each other. Whether or not it’s amplifying group financial institution voices on Capitol Hill or offering insights into what’s coming subsequent, ICBA will likely be by your facet to assist you in schooling, advocacy, innovation and past. Our dedication to you stays steadfast as you navigate these occasions, and we invite you to have interaction on new ranges with us and to discover the facility of the shared group financial institution story.

As a result of once we come collectively, we’re stronger than once we are aside. Collectively, we brainstorm what’s subsequent, decide methods to deal with issues in our path and lead. From our shared imaginative and prescient grows an infectious enthusiasm that evokes us all to excel.

This yr is about ahead momentum. So, let’s discover new methods to attach ourselves and our groups with colleagues and develop our spheres of affect. Join ICBA LIVE, spend a day on the ThinkTECH Accelerator, improve ability units via Group Banker College or join with colleagues at a state banking conference. It doesn’t matter what we select, let’s make sure that we take the steps to set our goals in movement.


Rebeca Romero Rainey
President and CEO, ICBA
Join with Rebeca @romerorainey



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